The partnered charity for this concert is This Is My Brave
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, slide player, painter. As a performer, Joe Crookston is a true artist, painting compelling portraits of the unsung anti-heroes who populate the American landscape. From the depths of despair in the prison cell of high school dropout, Freddie "the Falcon", to high above the New York skyline where a window washer sings of his young child who thinks he can fly, Joe's masterfully crafted lyrics will take you on an emotional journey that will delight your ears and engage your heart.
Joe is a consummate storyteller and skillful musician whose dexterity on guitar, claw hammer banjo and violin to name a few, is sure to astound you. His songs have been performed and recorded by Irish harpers, acapella gospel choirs, solo artists, bluegrass bands and even by a certain Buddhist sect in France! His heart-wrenching song, Blue Tattoo, based on the life of concentration camp survivor Dina Jacobson, was the inspiration for a documentary of the same name, and was featured this summer in a special news segment on ABC. Joe was awarded a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, to collect stories and write original songs, and in 2016, he was named Artist-In-Residence by Folk Alliance International. Joe has appeared at countless festivals and venues here and abroad, playing alongside the very best including Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, David Francey, Dar Williams, John McCutcheon and Judy Collins.
When not touring, Joe enjoys painting as well as teaching and facilitating at songwriting workshops across the country. His impressive discography includes Georgia I'm Here (2014), Darkling & The Bluebird Jubilee (2011), Able Baker Charlie and Dog (2008), Fall Down As The Rain (2004).
Pat Wictor first burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for fresh and memorable interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. He has since made his mark as a singer-songwriter penning lean and poetic songs that honor - and subvert - rural blues and gospel traditions. For seven years, he toured as one-third of Brother Sun, the powerful harmonizing trio with Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway, garnering critical acclaim and two #1 CDs on the Folk DJ charts plus a continent-spanning tour schedule. His latest solo release, This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs, was nominated for an Independent Music Award in their Best Tribute Album category.tickets & more information >
An adept improviser and accompanist, he is sought after as a collaborator, sideman and session musician with over 60 recording credits to date, including recent releases by Sloan Wainwright, Joe Vezner, Joe Crookston and David LaMotte. He is a music educator of note, teaching workshops, songwriting, interpreting and rearranging songs on slide guitar and other guitar techniques, vocal and instrumental improvisation and various topics of music history.
Among his many accomplishments, Pat won the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, was nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year by the Folk Alliance, was nominated for Gospel Song of the Year by the Independent Music Awards, and was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting contest. His CDs, "This is Absolutely Real" and "Sunset Waltz, both reached #2 on the Folk-DJ charts and songs "Heaven is so High" and "Waiting for the Water", both reached #4